My reporting tells me that the vice presidential McCain short list—as of the morning of Aug. 1, 2008—is 1) Mitt Romney, 1A) Mitt Romney, and 2) Tim Pawlenty. But what about the veep prospects of the Three Amigas: former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman. Here's the skinny on these women from campaign insiders:
1) Fiorina: Media-savvy, a good communicator, well suited to the traditional veep role of attack dog.
2) Whitman: Supersmart, a compelling communicator, just too nice and thus poorly suited to the attack-dog role.
3) Palin: Miss Congeniality but with a big, big learning curve; knows energy, though.